Published at Saturday, 02 February 2019. Kitchen Floors. By Gerda Andersen.
When looking for ceramic or porcelain tile flooring, most shop for style and price. With all of the different colors, sizes and textures to choose from, the flooring professionals at Carpet Direct will help you find the tile flooring products that reflect your personal style. And, of course, the true beauty of a porcelain or ceramic tile floor comes in its maintenance-free nature.
Homeowners were at first content to varnish their beadboard or other wooden walls, but as concerns with sanitation grew at the turn of the century they covered kitchen walls with glazed white tiles, usually 3" x 6" subway tiles. White tile was frequently used behind coal-burning ranges, where it made the wall easier to clean, so it was logical to extend the tile to the sink area. Painted or sculpted tiles played an important decorative role early in the 20th century, primarily around the fireplace, but weren't common in the kitchen until the late 1920s.
Using your chalk lines for reference, line up the first or starter tile. Then lay down just enough adhesive to accommodate four tiles. If you have chosen variegated tiles in contrasting colors, lay them so that the pattern in the lighter tiles are at right angles to the pattern in the darker tiles. This is called quarter-turning.
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